Dr. Maurice “Doc” Damon Mathews, 87 of St. Paul, passed away surrounded by family on Monday, September 20, 2021 at the Howard County Medical Center in St. Paul, NE.
Funeral Services will be at 10:30 A.M. on Friday, September 24 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul. Jan Anderson & Pastor Jim Fruehling will be officiating. The service will be live streamed on the Jacobsen-Greenway-Dietz Funeral Home Facebook Page.
Visitation will be from 4-8 P.M. on Thursday, September 23 at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church in St. Paul.
A Private Family Burial will take place at the Elmwood Cemetery in St. Paul. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Howard County Medical Center, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, or the St. Paul Volunteer Fire Department & EMT’s.
Maurice was born on October 29, 1933 to Orval and Elsie (Christensen) Mathews in Central City, NE. He grew up in Grand Island and attended GISH, graduating in 1951. He graduated from Hastings College in 1955 where he met his future wife, Maedean Cornelius. In 1959 he graduated from Medical School at University of NE Medical Center. The couple was united in marriage on June 16, 1956 at the Zion Lutheran Church in Hastings, NE. Over the years, the couple enjoyed many trips, mainly for hunting, fishing, and Rotary. They were members of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in St. Paul and the St. Paul Rotary Club. Maurice was also a member of the NE Christmas Tree Growers Association, Quail Unlimited, Ducks Unlimited, Pheasant Forever, Turkey Federation, NE Heartland Shooting Park, NE Nut Growers Association and a 50-year member of NE Academy of Family Physicians. He was inducted into the NE Softball Hall of Fame.
Doc practiced family medicine in St. Paul for 39 years. He delivered >2,000 babies during his career. He also was instrumental in initiating the St. Paul EMTs.
His hobbies included hunting, fishing, wood working, mentoring youth in outdoor sports, reading, cheering on his grandchildren, tending his black walnuts, various trees, and vineyard. His greatest enjoyment in life was spending time with his family, especially his sons and grandchildren.
Those left to live out his legacy include his wife of 65 years, Maedean Mathews of St. Paul; sons, Dr. Monty Mathews (Dr. Nancy) and their children, Carly, Drew and Dr. Haley Mathews of Omaha; Mike Mathews (Katie) of Kearney and their children, Mitchell and Libby Mathews of Kearney, and MacKenzie and Carlos Tejada, and their daughter, Mila Tejada of Dallas; his son Mark’s children, Megan and Jeff Fox of Omaha, and Levi Mathews, his girlfriend, Sharon Lynch of Omaha; sister-in-law, Sandy Fruehling (Dr. Richard Fruehling) of Grand Island, and their sons, Erich, Kirk, and Christian and their families.
Maurice was preceded in death by his parents; infant daughter, Maureen Mathews; and son, Mark Mathews.
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